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In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with BAGIRA. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-I think my vision remains the same. I always wanted to make music as an art, grow above myself, make good tracks and good albums with good sound. Now everything is still, I hope I just managed to improve my skills a little

Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big? That you had to come from a certain place to be sure to make it.
-Of course, the location is not critical now, I think. Thanks to the Internet. But as before, it is better to know the people working in your industry, to communicate and interact with them. First of all, for self-development. Because of the same Internet, it is becoming increasingly difficult to communicate with such people, partly due to spam and information overload. Agree to chat over a beer or a cup of coffee is more pleasant than sorting mail or messenger. That’s why I think that location is still important, but not critical.

What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
-Unfortunately I do not know, I have not been on world tours. But I think it’s so hard, how interesting

What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-We get completely different feedback, someone likes it, someone doesn’t like it. I think it’s fine. I know some people who are with us from the very beginning and they are still interested, we are developing in parallel and it makes me very happy

How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”? *
-I never know. Moreover, I often make mistakes in such judgments. But I know when I like what comes out of the song, and when I still have to work on it, postpone it or throw it away

As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-In my opinion, the main difference is distortion. Not only in the sound of the guitar, but also in the sound of drums, vocals, the track as a whole. Analog distortion is the change that a signal receives when passing through a chain of conductors, transistors and so on. Digital is modeling. And any model is always easier than a real system.

What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
-This is great, so we do it for good reason and there are those in the world who think the same.

How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-It’s very important and of course we have messages. That’s why we made “From Russia with Groove” EP. Because we wanted to share our ideas with English speaking fans. Serious attitude to the lyrics is a tradition of Russian literature, the Russian spirit and Russian rock. In our country, it’s not a good idea to throw a couple of hot phrases into a rhyme, you need drama, emotions.

I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
What does the future hold?
-It seems to me that the covers will stay forever, for many people it’s easier to understand the picture than the sound, and it helps the musicians, they can hook the listener with the cover. Please note that on all digital platforms, whether it is spotify, iTunes etc. covers are still published. iPod and any other player still show them. I think without covers in the industry everything will become more complicated.

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